Special Issue "Applications, Methods, and Technologies of Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. María Jesús Montero-Parejo
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Guest Editor
Department of Graphical Expression, University of Extremadura, 10600 Plasencia, Spain
Interests: visual Impact assessment; public participation; rural and landscape planning
Dr. Jacinto Garrido Velarde
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Guest Editor
Department of Territorial Sciences, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, 10003, Spain
Interests: sustainable development; territorial cohesion; landscape; buldings; vegetation screens; visual impact; 3D visualization; GIS; territorial planning; urban planning
Dr. Lorenzo García Moruno
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Guest Editor
Department of Graphical Expression, University of Extremadura, 06800 Mérida, Spain
Interests: visual impact assessment; 3D visualization; rural planning
Dr. Julio Hernández Blanco
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Guest Editor
Department of Graphical Expression, University of Extremadura, Plasencia, 10600 Spain
Interests: visual impact assessment; rural planning; GIS modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Globalization and social networks, among others, have changed the way of moving around the world and sharing spaces. The immediacy of the call effect makes tourism concentrate in fashionable destinations which, in many cases, are not prepared to absorb the influx of people without provoking a visual impact on their environments. This is the case of suburban and rural areas with a high landscape value. In many cases, the legislation is a step behind. Planners need objective tools which allow regulating the sustainable use of these landscapes, permitting at the same time local and economic development. New GIS technologies, 3D visualization tools for the simulation of scenarios, and surveys of public participation, among others, are some of the research techniques placed at the service of this purpose. Projects related to these methodologies and techniques, as well as practical cases of application, will be of interest in this Special Issue for policymakers, planners, landowners, and stakeholders.

Dr. María Jesús Montero-Parejo
Dr. Jacinto Garrido Velarde
Dr. Lorenzo García Moruno
Dr. Julio Hernández Blanco
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Visual Impact assessment
  • Rural and landscape planning
  • Public participation or public polls
  • GIS modeling and planning
  • Sustainable development
  • Territorial cohesion
  • Urban and rural sprawl
  • Tourism regulation
  • 3D Visualization
  • Virtual reality
  • Land use
  • Photographic analysis
  • Video analysis

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An Exploratory Study of Users’ Preference for Different Planting Combinations along Rural Greenways
Sustainability 2020, 12(5), 2120; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12052120 - 09 Mar 2020
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The literature highlights the importance of vegetation to enhance the ecological and visual qualities of streets and paths; however, when studies specifically focus on rural greenways they do not consider users’ assessments of the planting design. This exploratory study aims to contribute to [...] Read more.
The literature highlights the importance of vegetation to enhance the ecological and visual qualities of streets and paths; however, when studies specifically focus on rural greenways they do not consider users’ assessments of the planting design. This exploratory study aims to contribute to this issue. It is hypothesized that planting combinations characterized by greater variety and aesthetic flow may be more preferred and restorative. To this end, four virtual scenarios simulating bikers moving along a greenway at 25 km/h were created to find out the following: first, what kind of planting combination is the most preferred, and second, which planting combination is perceived as the most restorative by bicycle riders. To assess the experience, subjects were administered a questionnaire made up of: (i) the Perceived Restorativeness Scale-11 with additional items to assess compatibility, familiarity, and preference; (ii) a list of physical and aesthetic attributes; and (iii) information on bicycle use. The results show that participants’ preferences were affected by the perception of the scenario’s restorative value, which was not given exclusively by the degree of naturalness, but by the opportunity the greenway offered to engage in social/physical activities. This study shows that preference and restorativeness are not a “simple” matter of quantity of vegetation, but of quality instead, i.e., planting variety. Designers have to consider that the restorative value of greenways is related to the opportunities they offer to engage in physical/social activities. Full article
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Dear Colleagues,

Globalization and social networks, among others, have changed the way of moving around the world and sharing spaces. The immediacy of the call effect makes tourism concentrate in fashionable destinations which, in many cases, are not prepared to absorb the influx of people without provoking a visual impact on their environments. This is the case of suburban and rural areas with a high landscape value. In many cases, the legislation is a step behind. Planners need objective tools which allow regulating the sustainable use of these landscapes, permitting at the same time local and economic development. New GIS technologies, 3D visualization tools for the simulation of scenarios, and surveys of public participation, among others, are some of the research techniques placed at the service of this purpose. Projects related to these methodologies and techniques, as well as practical cases of application, will be of interest in this Special Issue for policymakers, planners, landowners, and stakeholders.

Dr. María Jesús Montero-Parejo
Dr. Jacinto Garrido Velarde
Dr. Lorenzo García Moruno
Dr. Julio Hernández Blanco
Guest Editors

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